Eating in smaller plates and bowls can shed unwanted pounds from your body by helping you cut down on mindless eating.

"People don't think that something as simple as the size of a bowl would influence how much an informed person eats," said Brian Wansink, psychologist at Cornell University, who conducted a study to show how our eyes and not our stomach have control over the quantity we eat.

In Wansink’s experiment, one group of participants ate from a 'bottomless bowl,' one that was mechanically refilled from the bottom unknowing to the participant. The second group ate from a regular bowl of food that was not refilled once finished.

Those who ate out of the 'bottomless bowls' ate 73 percent more before claiming to be full than those who ate from bowls that emptied.

Wansink, author of the book "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” says this type of mindless eating leads to putting on unnecessary weight and unhealthy food habits.

He recommends people to eat in small salad plates instead of dinner plates for any meal. Eating in the TV room can also take your mind off how much you have eaten.

"Our homes are filled with hidden eating traps," said Wansink.